Dodgers: Three Non-Roster Invites to Keep an Eye on this Spring

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 28: Jesen Therrien #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks in from shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on July 28, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 10-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

When the Dodgers signed Jesen Therrien, a Canadian born pitcher, in November of 2017, he was a long ways away from playing again. Therrien, who was 24-year-old at the time had a lot of career left in front of him but it would be a journey to get there.

Therrien was headed for the operating table. A torn Ulnar Collateral Ligament was the culprit and Tommy John surgery was the cure. But, the Philadelphia Phillie ‘pen arm would be thrown another curveball when his team opted to release directly following his surgery.

The Dodgers saw the opportunity and immediately jumped on it. They signed Therrien and were willing to wait for the recovery for his numbers in the minor leagues were worth the wait.

In 2017, Therrien pitched in 39 games and pitched 57.1 innings. He struck out 65 batters and amassed a minuscule ERA of 1.41. Therrien was not only worth the flier if he came back strong from Tommy John he would be a force to be reckoned with.

Therrien is healthy now. He is on the list of non-roster invites and if he can regain that momentum from before his surgery, the Dodgers may be hard-pressed to keep him off the roster.

Therrien has me excited for that reason. He has not pitched in over a year and the Dodgers could get one of two pitchers when he returns: the major league Jesen Therrien or the minor league version.